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Thursday, 6 July 2017

BUSY BEE

Hello Everyone
I have been a bit bad with posting of late, but things have been seriously hectic around here. We have had major work done on our pool and garden area.


 We had to re-marbelite the pool so the tiles had to be removed... then we decided to pave a big area around the pool.


We had water tanks installed so that when we have water outages we still have water. Not very pretty but VERY practical. So I decided the pave the whole area outside my studio too... watch this space :D

I have had two cataract surgeries :O and a grandies 1st birthday - so never a dull moment. I can't show you the layout for Scarli's birthday yet.

I was also asked by Carien Basson and Scrapbook Studio to design a kit for her Kit Club. Can't show you that one yet either :D

I do have a few projects to share with you though.

This first layout is a double layout using the FabScraps C94 - My Fairlady Collection. This was the first collection that I got to work with and I decided to create a double layout for my travel album as the colours were perfect for my photos of Stonehenge.

My journalling on the front of the layout says...

Stonehenge had been on my bucket list for a long time and I was so excited to there with Willy and Emmy. Truly magnificent. Now my goal is to get there one more time to experience the winter solstice.
Now the stones are all roped off so you can't get close to them. They have been around since about 200 BC.
There are many theories surrounding Stonehenge and spirituality. Maybe why so many go to the solstice!


I kept the page very simple just using the papers and a doily and also some lace tape. I made he flowers using circles and punched the butterflies with my favourite butterfly punch.


I painted the title with a distress paint to match the paper and then I embossed it with some gold paint. I also used a FabScraps stencil at the top left and right with some gold perfect pearls. Worked a treat. A little bit of stamping finished this layout off.

I also made a card using the cardmakers kit from this collection.


Not my normal style at all but I think it turned out ok :D

So, I have been a fan of Shimelle Laine for a very long time. I recently re-watched her videos and tutorials and I have been using some of her principals and sketch to scrapbook pages ... I really love her style and I think it is a good fit for me. Here is one of the layouts I created from her 15:06:11 Sketch to Scrapbook challenge.


I love this photo from our little beach at Uvongo and I really love these colours.

I have been journalling as much as I can on the front of the layouts so that it is easily readable.  It says...
We have had our house at Uvongo for a little more than 10 years. I love to comer here, just to chill and unwind. Feel the sun on my face and the sand in my toes. Just bliss!

This next layouts is another Shimelle layout but I loved to colour on her layout. Black, yellow and white. I wanted to use these photo of Scarlett at her first birthday party. I think that this colour combo is just so happy and cheerful and perfect for her photos.


My journalling for this layout says...
Mom and dad had a cake smash for your first birthday. I don't think I have ever seen anyone enjoy it as much as you did. At first you looking around to see if this was really for you. You tried a little first to taste and then you went all in. When you lay on top of it to eat I was finished. :D

 

I added some paint around the bingo card and big splats too and some fine splatters. The butterflies were painted with distress stain to get the colour I wanted. I also painted the big butterfly it was originally white and black. 

I have completed a few more of my travel album pages. I am getting there now.

The first one is a trip to Thailand and we took a day trip to the island Krabi. This is also a Sketch to Scrapbook page from Shimelle from 29:06:11.


Journalling says...
We took a trip with the Waspe's to Krabi Island for the day. Perfect. warm weather and the boys were so excited to gon on the big boats. It was such a pity that Sim got ill and missed it. He would have loved it! Lunch and swimming on the island and a stop on the way home at Pranang Cave beach where it is said that seamen make offerings to the Princess.

Next a page for my trip to Northern Ireland. Sketch to Scrapbook page 22:06:11.


My journalling says...
Ali and I did a girls trip to Belfast for five days. All of a four hour drive from Kilkenny. We stayed in a hotel in Belfast and toured all around Northern Ireland. We even tried to go to my family home but were not able to as the lady who lives there now was in hospital. I loved this place and I can't wait to go back.

Next is a layout for Belguim - Spa 2015.


My journaing says....

After we left Ireland we flew to Belgium and our first stop was Spa. Simon had made a mistake with the Formula 1 dates and we missed the Grand Prix. We did go to the track and watched a bit of a 24 hour endurance race which was cool. I loved it. All they had to drink there was beer and so not only did I develop a love of racing but also of beer. Hooked on both now good/bad thing?

This next layout is just one for our annual album and it was created from a kit I got a while back. Nothing was working for me but I really liked some of the paper so I just changed it. Not what I wanted but it is ok.


Journalling on this one says...

When we bought our place at the sea the idea was to go down every six weeks or so for a week. (Simon would work from there). Well that didn't happen. This year we went down for my birthday and decided to put it on the market. I am not sure if we have done the right thing or not but here we are in July and we have not been back down. We love it when we are there and our little beach is so nice. I wish we could get it right.

Then my last layout for now is another for my travel album.
Spa was so boring so we decided to take a day trip across the border to the Netherlands to a place called Maastricht.

This layout was created for a Challenge that Shimelle Laine is running for the month of July which is all about titles and journalling.




My journalling on the front of the layout says...

We decided to drive from Spa to Maastricht in the Netherlands for the day. What a lovely little town. It was so wet and cold and we had a hot chocolate to warm up before we braved the wet to explore the town. One of the churches had been made into the most wonderful bookstore with a restaurant outside. I want to go back.

Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it. If you read this whole post THANK YOU! 

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!



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4 comments:

  1. It's so nice to see you catch up on your blog post. You really have been busy ☺.
    I love looking at your travel layouts. The papers and embellishments you choose always compliment the photos. I've told you before, and I'll say it again, this Shimelle Laine style really suits you. The pages have dimension without too much bulk. Way easier to fit into albums as well. I love the paper rosettes, and how you used the bingo card wording to be part of your title. The Stonehenge layout is so pretty. Love the colours. The extra large photo on "my happy place" is really special. I could go on, and on, but I'll stop here. TFS. ♥

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  2. Wow!! What an absolute abundance of gorgeous works!!! You have beeen very, very busy!! I love each and every one of these pages Val!! You travel pages are fabulous and I just adore the ones of family. Scarlet's birthday page is sooo gorgeous!! Wow!! I could spend hours going through and checking all the details and getting totally lost in all the yummy goodness! Your journaling on each page is wonderful and I simply love your scrapping style. Whether you are emulating Shimelle Laine, anyone else or just doing your thing, it is uniquely your own and absolutely stunning!!! hugs xx

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  3. Good grief your life has been frantic Val. I'm not sure how you manage to scrap anything, but here you are with a 8 layouts, as well as the reno's, they surgery and the birthday. I'd need a cuppa and a big rest! The Stonehenge double is wonderful and I can understand why you want to go back. The big photo on Uvongo is a standout. Fancy that little Bubba turning with with her very own cake. Love that page with the bold fuschia. Then all the gorgeous travel pages, Krabi - a fave for me, Belfast - we were there this time last year, enjoying the Craic, Then onto Belgium and the Netherlands. You certainly get around and take wonderful travel photos for us all to enjoy. A great post, hope the reno is proceeding well. x

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  4. You have been busy Val ! All these layouts are fabulous. I love the colours you have chosen for each , your photos really shine and good on you for journalling on them (something I should do more of) who ever is looking at my layouts in years to come will think well who or what the hell is this about !
    I enjoy seeing your lovely scrapbooking pages.
    Mary x

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